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Encourage Tortola to Develop Ethical Tourism!

Encourage Tortola to Develop Ethical Tourism!

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As the harmful effects of captivity on cetaceans become increasingly well-known, some business interests continue to push for cetacean exploitation. A new deal may soon be inked to rebuild Prospect Reef park on the British Virgin Islands, which features swim-with-dolphin experiences. Now is the time to urge decision-makers to opt for ethical alternatives to captivity! 

In 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the British Virgin Islands, causing widespread destruction which significantly, and tragically, impacted the lives of its residents. On the island of Tortola, Prospect Reef park was a swim-with-dolphin facility operated by Dolphin Discovery, a notorious company with over 20 captive dolphin facilities across the Caribbean and Mexico. After Hurricane Irma’s damage to the property, the company evacuated all 15 captive dolphins to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Now, Dolphin Discovery is trying to rebuild so that it can continue exploiting dolphins for profit.

Dolphin swim encounters put both people and dolphins at risk. A few weeks ago, a young girl was attacked at Dolphin Discovery’s Cancun location by a dolphin who was “distressed.” Dolphins suffer chronic stress in captivity, where they are prevented from travelling vast areas in their wild habitat, forced to bear calves who are often taken from them permanently, and are compelled to perform degrading tricks in order to eat. This is no life for a sentient, intelligent and emotional being. 

Investigations at Dolphin Discovery’s Puerto Aventuras location revealed dolphins with open sores and living in degraded water quality. There is reason for concern that the company would house dolphins in similar situations should plans for Prospect Reef move forward. 

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